Coastal Erosion Reaches Alarming Levels in Vietnam

Coastal Erosion Reaches Alarming Levels in Vietnam

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Coastal erosion. Photograph: © SAF

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For the last decade, many families in this southwestern Vietnamese province have been uprooted at least once every two years, but this is not due to economic or political upheaval.

Rather, extreme weather has forcibly turned many of these coast-dwellers into unwilling travellers, as raging storms and a rising sea level lead to continued loss of land, and home.

“Each year, sea waves have eroded about three to four metres of land,” says a 47- year-old fisher from the Tay Yen commune. “Our family had to move five times, (and) now our house is four metres from the sea…”

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